Basic Language Arts/Reading Concepts II for High School

Basic Language Arts/Reading Concepts II for High School

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Course Overview

The focus of Basic Language Arts/Reading Concepts II for High School is on filling in holes in reading and writing skills. It is especially focused on engaging with and responding to text for 9th grade remediation.
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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Reading Strategies and Skills In this unit students learn about reading strategies and skills, including previewing, setting a purpose, monitoring comprehension, connecting, questioning, summarizing, identifying genre, paraphrasing, inferring, and determining importance. Unit 2 – Plot and Characterization In this unit student study plot.  They discuss exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and subplot.  They also explore the effect that setting has on characters and plot, as well as  protagonist versus antagonist. In addition, students learn about making inferences about characters and characterization by traits. Unit 3 – Literary Techniques In this unit students discuss literary techniques.  They study what literary techniques are, and focus on mood, flashback, tone, foreshadowing, allusion, point-of-view, and theme. Unit 4 – Poetry and Figurative Language In this unit students discuss the elements of poetry.  They explore figurative versus literal, the forms and structure of poetry, rhyme, alliteration, imagery, hyperbole, and metaphor. Unit 5 – Nonfiction In this unit students investigate nonfiction.  They study text features of nonfiction and how to distinguish fact from fiction.  They explore how to find the main idea and the details, and how to analyze evidence. They also discuss skimming and scanning, subjective versus objective, structures of nonfiction, and types of propaganda. Unit 6 – Vocabulary Building Strategies In this unit students sharpen their dictionary skills and learn about synonyms, antonyms, root words, prefixes, and suffixes, as well as words with multiple meanings.  They also study context clues, such as introduction, synonyms, definitions, contrast, and examples. Students also learn about connotation and denotation. Unit 7 – Grammar – Working with Parts of Speech In this unit students review the basic parts of speech, and then investigate agreement of collective nouns; infinitives; action, linking,and helping verbs; pronouns and antecedents; comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs; and indefinite pronouns and verb agreement. Unit 8 – Grammar – Sentence Construction and Agreement In this unit students explore subjects and predicates, as well as compound subjects and predicates.  They extend their knowledge with main and subordinate clauses, subjects separated from verbs, subject and verb agreement, simple and compound sentences, complex sentences, and parallelism. Unit 9 – Conventions In this unit students learn about conventions, including what conventions are.  They also study apostrophes and ownership, proper titles, tricky homophones, semi-colons, using the comma in direct address, how to punctuate dialogue, and using commas in introductory clauses and phrases. Unit 10 – Argumentative Writing In this unit students investigate the writing process.  They learn the elements of an argumentative essay, and explore choosing issues versus problems to write about. They learn about how to pre-write the essay, including choosing a topic, adding supporting details and reasons, researching the topic, and addressing reader concerns and counterarguments.  They delve into drafting the essay, including writing a thesis, creating topic sentences and paragraphs, adding research to the body, and writing an introduction and a conclusion. They probe the revising process, including adding transition words and enhancing word choice.  They scrutinize editing, including using editing marks and finding editing errors, as well as how to create a final draft and how to make an effective presentation.

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